WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

May 11, 2012

Well the Celtics have knocked out the Hawks…

Game 6 on the hardwood last night in Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 28 points, draining a go-ahead jumper with 31 seconds left, to lead the Celtics to an 83-80 series-clinching win over Atlanta.    

Boston advances to take on Philadelphia Saturday night at TD Garden.  The 76ers reached the Eastern Conference semis by becoming just the fifth No. 8 seed to knock out a No. 1 seed after eliminating Chicago 79-78.  Andre Iguodala clinched the series by knocking down a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left – he finished with 20. 

Game 6 in Denver, the Nuggets jumped out to an early 13-0 lead and never looked back, as they routed the Lakers 113-96 to force a decisive Game 7 Saturday night in Los Angeles.  Ty Lawson led the Nuggets’ attack with 32. 

To baseball, in the American League, C.C. Sabathia outdueled David Price, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson both homered, as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay 5-3, Detroit rode an 8-run third inning to down Oakland 10-6, the Orioles opened their game with three straight home runs en route to a 6-5 win over Texas, Henderson Alvarez tossed seven strong as Toronto topped Minnesota 6-2, and Cleveland roughed up embattled Boston starter Josh Beckett, sending him to an early shower en route to an 8-3 win over the Red Sox.  Before the game, the Red Sox honored “The Voice of Fenway Park” Carl Beane, a day after the public address announcer died after having a heart attack while driving. 

Over to the NL, Stephen Strasburg fanned 13 over six innings as Washington doubled up Pittsburgh 4-2 to snap its three-game losing skid.   

In other baseball news, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman testified at the Roger Clemens perjury trial in Washington that in 1999, Clemens asked Cashman for the man who could "push his buttons” - trainer Brian McNamee. A year later McNamee was hired by the Yankees as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, whose only duties were to train Clemens.  McNamee is expected to testify next week.  Clemens is on trial for perjury, based on his testimony to Congress in 2008 that he never used steroids or human growth hormones.

And in golf, Ian Poulter ran off a string of four straight birdies midway through his opening round and is tied with Martin Laird, after both shot 7-under-65s after the first round of The Players Championship. Tiger Woods shot a wildly inconsistent 74 and will have to play well today to avoid missing consecutive cuts for the first time in his career.

I’m Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.